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Kobe Steel data fabrication scandal hits satellite-launching rocket

Subaru Corp said Monday it has been using Kobe Steel Ltd's aluminum products with falsified inspection data in its cars and aircraft, shedding more light on companies affected by the decade-long systematic misconduct by the steelmaker. With sell orders far outweighing buy orders, trading has yet to be executed.

On aluminum products used in the rocket, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said, "Mitsubishi Heavy Industries briefed us, saying it judged there was no problem".

Toyota has told the local media that aluminium products from Kobe Steel were used in some auto parts. Nissan Motor Co. last week recalled more than 1 million cars in Japan after regulators discovered unauthorized inspectors approved vehicle quality. "We recognise that this breech of compliance principles on the part of a supplier is a grave issue".

Nissan, which sold about 560,000 vehicles in Japan in fiscal 2016 that ended March 2017, said it used Kobe Steel's aluminum products in the constructions of hoods.

The automaker's announcement came a day after Kobe Steel said it has shipped aluminum and coal products with rewritten inspection data, such as those on strength, to around 200 undisclosed companies.

" We are also now checking if the aluminium we used was subject to data falsification", said Mazda Motor.

Suzuki Motor is also checking whether the company used aluminium from Kobe Steel, and if so, if it was subject to data falsification.

The admission is the latest in a string of quality control and governance scandals that have hit major Japanese businesses in recent years, undermining the country's reputation for quality.

Shinko Wire Co., a Kobe Steel affiliate, in June 2016 said a unit had misstated data on tensile strength of stainless steel wires for springs and that it had supplied customers with alloy that failed to meet Japanese industrial standards.



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